Salif Keita

Born 25 August 1949.
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Salif Keita performs in a Malian village square

The Malian musician performs with a local group in the centre of a Malian village. Filmed by a BBC film crew for the Arena program 'Salif Keita' (1990).

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Biography

Salif Keïta (IPA: [salif keɪta]) (born August 25, 1949) is an afro-pop singer-songwriter from Mali. He is unique not only because of his reputation as the "Golden Voice of Africa" but because he has albinism and is a direct descendant of the founder of the Mali Empire, Sundiata Keita. This royal heritage meant that under the Malian caste system, he should never have become a singer, which was deemed to be a griot’s role.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Talé

    Talé 2013

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    A loveable enough effort from the Malian star.
  2. Review of M'Bemba

    M'Bemba 2005

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    Mbemba is overwhelmingly a very fine listen, easily maintaining Salif Keita's...
  3. Review of Remixes from Moffou

    Remixes from Moffou 2004

    Reviewed by Martin Longley
    '..it illustrates how the remixer's art can be sensitive to the integrity of the...
  4. Review of Moffou

    Moffou

    Reviewed by John Armstrong
    Driving rhythms, thrilling singing and great guitar. A triumphant return to his...
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